• Course Introduction

      • Time: 30 hours
      • Free Certificate
      This course provides students with an introduction to the core technologies used to communicate information on the Web: Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Whether managing an employer's website, producing an online resume, or starting a web-based business, knowing the fundamentals of how information is structured and presented on the internet is a crucial skill for the contemporary workplace.

      Today, many technologies exist to facilitate the creation and management of websites, including development environments like Adobe Dreamweaver and Content Management Systems like WordPress and Joomla! Even though mastery of the basics of HTML and CSS is easily attainable, these labor-saving technologies have discouraged many professionals from learning crucial coding skills. With a basic understanding of how HTML code is created and transformed, professionals are better able to produce or transform websites according to precise specifications, whether they use a fully-featured development environment, a Content Management System, or write code from the ground-up using a simple text editor.

      Moreover, these skills enable professionals to troubleshoot minor problems and to intelligently communicate with clients, collaborators, Information Technology staff within a company, or outside contractors in order to maintain, modify, or produce complicated web-based projects.

      First, read the course syllabus. Then, enroll in the course by clicking "Enroll me in this course". Click Unit 1 to read its introduction and learning outcomes. You will then see the learning materials and instructions on how to use them.

    • Unit 1: Foundational Concepts for Writing HTML and CSS

      This unit will introduce basic concepts and skills needed to begin a website in HTML and CSS. It will develop a foundational vocabulary that will help you make sense of the course's resources and describe the problems that come up with any coding project. Over the course of this unit, you will also learn how to create files and start working with HTML and CSS.

      Completing this unit should take you approximately 5 hours.

    • Unit 2: First Steps in HTML and CSS Coding

      In the second unit, we will begin to learn the syntax rules that enable us to read and write HTML and CSS files. This unit is divided into two subunits. The first subunit provides the core syntax rules needed to begin marking up text in HTML, while the second gives you the skills you need to start formatting text with CSS. Throughout this unit, you should attempt to incorporate new elements and techniques into your ongoing "index.htm" site and/or your "mystylesheets.css" file. Remember to keep backups every step of the way!

      Completing this unit should take you approximately 7 hours.

    • Unit 3: Using HTML and CSS for Colors, Special Characters, Images, and Multimedia Content

      In this unit, we will learn syntax and establish guidelines for creating visually interesting websites. This unit is divided into five subunits. The first subunit addresses the use of color on the Web, and demonstrates how to incorporate colored text, backgrounds, and apply color to other website elements. This subunit also discusses special considerations that should affect color choice, but a full discussion of this topic should be pursued in the course of studying graphic design for the Web. The second subunit addresses the use of special characters like punctuation marks, accented letters, and special symbols on the Web. The third and fourth subunits discuss how to include images and video in HTML documents, and the final unit discusses how to format these media objects using CSS.

      Completing this unit should take you approximately 7 hours.

    • Unit 4: Organizing Content and Information for More Complex Websites using HTML and CSS

      Now that we have a strong foundation for creating simple single-page websites, we will learn how to develop websites with several parts accessed through a menu. This unit will address contemporary best-practices for creating sophisticated websites, new technologies on the horizon, and a deprecated technique that you may find in some legacy code.

      Completing this unit should take you approximately 6 hours.

    • Unit 5: Coordinating HTML/CSS-Based Websites with Other Web Technologies and Going Live with a New Website

      While we have already learned all of the basics of HTML and CSS and we are prepared to make sophisticated non-interactive sites, many familiar functions on the Web require the cooperation of HTML and other web technologies and techniques. For example, many websites use Server Side Includes, JavaScript, XML/XSLT, and/or PHP. When looking at existing code, references to, or snippets of, these non-HTML elements may be confusing, so it is important to know what to look for. Equally, when developing sites with interactive elements, learning the fundamentals of how HTML works with other web technologies will be essential.

      Given this, we will briefly address the function of these technologies with optional readings before wrapping up the course with a discussion of code validation and the basic techniques for going live with a new website.

      Completing this unit should take you approximately 4 hours.

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      Please take a few minutes to give us feedback about this course. We appreciate your feedback, whether you completed the whole course or even just a few resources. Your feedback will help us make our courses better, and we use your feedback each time we make updates to our courses.

      If you come across any urgent problems, email contact@saylor.org or post in our discussion forum.

    • Certificate Final Exam

      Take this exam if you want to earn a free Course Completion Certificate.

      To receive a free Course Completion Certificate, you will need to earn a grade of 70% or higher on this final exam. Your grade for the exam will be calculated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam on your first try, you can take it again as many times as you want, with a 7-day waiting period between each attempt.

      Once you pass this final exam, you will be awarded a free Course Completion Certificate.